San Francisco Chronicle

Bal­anc­ing act works for Bears


LEX­ING­TON, Ky. — Asha Thomas led a bal­anced at­tack with 17 points and the No. 24 Cal women won their sixth straight, de­feat­ing cold-shoot­ing Ken­tucky 62-52 on Thurs­day.

Mikayla Cowl­ing added 15 points, in­clud­ing 10 in the sec­ond quar­ter that was crit­i­cal for the Bears (9-2). Kianna Smith, who matched Thomas’ three three-point­ers, added 14 points and Pen­ina David­son had 13.

“I’m very in­ten­tional with sched­ul­ing and we wanted to get an SEC team on the road to give our play­ers that chal­lenge,” Cal head coach Lind­say Got­tlieb said. “I hoped we would be ready for it and I think we proved that to­day we were.”

The Bears pre­vailed even though cen­ter Kris­tine Anigwe, who leads the team at 17 points per game, man­aged only two and com­mit­ted eight turnovers.

Maci Mor­ris led Ken­tucky (8-5), which has lost four straight, with 21 points. De­spite 25 of­fen­sive re­bounds and 24 more shots, the Wild­cats fin­ished at a sea­son-low 26.5 per­cent (18-for-68), shoot­ing bet­ter from beyond the arc (7-for-20).

Cal took con­trol with a 10-0 run to close the third quar­ter.

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